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Alison Booker

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Alison Booker
Alison Booker

1. How did you get into radio?
By accident. I fancied a chap on university radio, pestered him for a dinner date until he said yes. He didn't fancy me, but he did let me sit in on his late night shows until one week he let me take over for a bit. After that I stopped listening when people said "no".

2. What was your first broadcast? 
The 12 - 2 slot on University Radio Exeter. I have the tape to this day. Under lock and key.

3. What other jobs have you done besides broadcasting? 
In no particular order:
Mother
Barmaid
Flower picker
Scrubber in a chicken processing plant (that's cleaning crates, not the other sort)
Archives assistant
Au pair

4. What would you like to be if you weren’t a radio presenter? 
Talented and famous.

5. What would listeners be surprised to learn about you? 
I was very nearly a nurse.

6. Which person would you most enjoy being stuck in a lift with?
A lift engineer.

7. If you won the lottery, what would you do with the money?
Pay someone to take over my bete noire and the biggest waste of life I can think of - ironing.

8. What is your worst habit?
You'd have to ask my family that one. Just wait until you hear the exasperated cries of "Oh MUM" before you knock on the door to ask. 

9. Tell us about your 1st:
Car: A Maestro. It was given to me by my mum when I got married. A toaster would have been a better drive.
Job: Was a Saturday job in a shoe shop when I was fifteen. Feel your instep, sir?
Record/CD: My first LP was Outlandos d'Amour by the Police bought with money from my Saturday job when I was fifteen.
Kiss: When I was fifteen (can we spot a theme here?) with a lovely, funny Canadian boy. Sigh.

10. What is your favourite?
Food: Anything eaten laughing around a table with family and friends
Sandwich: Ham salad
Place in Oxfordshire: Home in Wantage, obviously. Failing that - White Horse Hill.
Item of Clothing: Any of my children's baby clothes to remind me that they were once smaller, cuter and more manageable.
Song: Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong
Singer: Peter Gabriel. The man knows how to marry amazing tunes to intelligent lyrics. And looks good dressed as a flower, which is something you can't say for any of his other former colleagues in Genesis.
Film: A Canterbury Tale by Powell and Pressburger. It's an utterly glorious and lyrical wartime tale of transgression and redemption seen through the eyes of a character who has glue poured in her hair while out with two soldiers. No, seriously. Trust me, it's fantastic. You'll never look at caravans in the same way again.
TV Show: Never Mind the Buzzcocks. Music AND comedy. What more can you ask for?

last updated: 11/05/06
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